Dr. Anneli Botha
Anneli Botha is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She also serves as an independent consultant on radicalization, deradicalisation, reintegration and terrorism in Africa, currently working on projects with the Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the UNDP. During the period 2003 and 2016 she worked as a senior researcher on terrorism at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa. Anneli has traveled extensively throughout Africa where she conducted research on terrorism and delivered specialized training on various aspects of the threat of terrorism, extremism, radicalisation and counter-terrorism to law enforcement and criminal justice officials on the continent.
Prior to her position at the ISS, she served in the South African Police Service (SAPS) for 10 years. She was a founding member of the Religious Extremism and Terrorism Desk at Crime Intelligence Head Office and also served in the Rapid Reaction Unit and the Special Task Force on Urban Terror in the West Cape. At the end of her police career she provided strategic support to the Head of South Africa’s Crime Intelligence Unit.
Anneli holds a Magister Artiumdegree from Rand Afrikaans University in Political Studies (’98) and Philosophiae Doctor from the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State (’14). Her MA thesis was titled People against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD): A Study of Structures, Activities and Initial Government Reactions. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled: Radicalisation to Commit Terrorism from a Political Socialisation Perspective in Kenya and Uganda. Additionally, she is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, Political Science (’91) and International Politics (’92).